Lately, my mother and I have been on 1940’s holiday movie binge and they are all FANTASTIC! Of course we watch Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) every year, but here is a list of some of the films that we have just discovered:
It Happened on 5th Avenue
Starring: Don DeFore, Ann Harding and Charles Ruggles
A homeless man and ex-GI secretly move into a millionaire’s empty mansion during the holidays and are soon joined by a young woman after they catch her robbing the mansion of its fur coats. Unbeknownst to the gentlemen, the young woman is actually the millionaire’s runaway daughter and soon she invites her cranky father, the millionaire, to move in with her as an undercover vagrant.
Christmas in Connecticut
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet
A Martha-Stewartish journalist becomes frantic when her publisher insists she treats an injured GI to a real family-oriented Christmas at her Connecticut home–what will happen when they find out she has no cooking skills, no husband, no baby, and no home in Connecticut?!
The Shop Around the Corner
Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan
Two workers in a Budapest gift-shop absolutely loathe each other, but are unaware that they are each other’s beloved anonymous pen-pal. Who will be the first to discover the truth? This is the original movie that inspired You’ve Got Mail starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks!
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh and Wendell Corey
Classic romance where a single mother struggles to choose between a comfortable fiancé and an unexpected romantic stranger on Christmas.